As we begin another year, I hope that you had a chance to have a bit of a break before the start of no doubt another busy 12 months ahead.
While our thoughts were very much with the numerous families that were and in many cases still are feeling the effects of the recent devastating bushfires, we can only hope that sense will prevail in future state, territory and federal planning to minimise the chances of something of this magnitude happening again. As David Burnell (National President) recently mentioned, many of our AIB members will also have a future part to play in the safety assessment and rebuilding phase that will follow this fire season.
A reminder for members to register their interest and expertise by email on our dedicated address firstname.lastname@example.org so we can have a short list of skills ready when we are contacted to provide support by the newly established national relief agency.
In 2019, we worked very hard on meeting with government decision makers in pursuit of reform to the industry. This will continue again as we start a new year, with all Chapters focusing on the AIB Ten Point Plan – a blueprint for some of the big issues facing the industry at the moment.
- Code of Ethics
- Single Regulatory Agency
- National Construction Code
- Formal Education for Builders
- Licencing of Key Building Professions and Trades
- Registration System for all Builders and Trades
- Building Quality Manager
- Documentation Review
- Building Surveyor Sign Off
- Insurance System
Our Professional Excellence Awards have opened again and we look forward to a record number of entries and some spectacular events this year where we will acknowledge some of the best of the best. All the details of how to enter are on our new website.
Firstly, Bob Wildermuth received the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) (General Division) for ‘service to the Building and Construction Industry’ and Robert Torrance from WA became a member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia for ‘significant service to the building and construction industry’. Our sincere congratulations to both recipients – what a way to start the new year!